Councillors, Officials, Visiting Councillors, members of the Ward Committee, Abahlali. Welcome to the June Sub-Council. June 2012 constitutes the 1 year anniversary of the new councillors. I hope you have used this year to get your footing in local government. You took the time to make the transition from organising protests against Council to being representative of people and consulting them about their needs. I hope you used the year to capacitate yourself in the wealing and dealings of local government.
June Month is declared youth month by the government. It allows government to have a particular focus on issues affecting youth. We should use Youth month to establish a Youth Forum in Sub-Council 09 to enable us to have direct interaction with youth organisations and youth in general. The challenges that confront youth should be part of the programme of action of Sub-Council 09. We should be driving their development agenda with them and not allow opportunist to abuse youth needs for narrow party political. 16,17 June 1976 young people marched against the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of education in African township schools. Hector Peterson was the first person to be murdered by the Apartheid regime as a result of this protest. Christopher Truter is the first person to be killed in Bonteheuwel Cape Town, when they joined protests in support of their Soweto counterparts. African-Coloured solidarity was displayed then already to ensure that racism is not used to divide black people. In 1979 Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu was hanged by the Apartheid regime for the murder of a policeman for which he fired no shot at. 1981 the Committee of ’81 gathered to plan mobilisation of students and learners to oppose Apartheid. 1983 saw the launch of the Cape Youth Congress, better known as Cayco, and This organisation became the mobilising vehicle for young people in the Cape. Youth from Cayco left the country to join Umkhonto we Sizwe, such as Ashley Kriel, and Anton Fransch. 1985 the UN declared the year as the year of the Youth. It is the same year that OR Tambo, on behalf of the African National Congress, called on youth of South Africa to make the country ungovernable and make Apartheid unworkable. Many young people took-up that call and ensure that the struggle for freedom reached the heights that forced FW de Klerk to unban the banned political organisations. 1987 saw the launch of the South African Youth Congress, better known as Sayco. SAYCO went to organise young people in every corner of the country.
June month also saw South Africa give birth to one of its greatest sons in Thabo Mbeki, back in 1942. At 70 years of age former president Thabo Mbeki is best known for his I am an African Speech and commitment to the African Renaissance. On 26 June 1955 the most powered document registering the aims and ambitions of the oppressed and landlesses masses of our people. The FREEDOM CHARTER was adopted at Kliptown Soweto where the Congress of the people expresses their commitment to non-racialism, democracy and economic freedom. We as local governors are tasked to ensure that these ideals are brought to fruition.
June saw me meeting with the Director of Economic and Human Development to question the logic in the decision not to develop take-over and manage capital projects of economic nature. We agreed that the need for a higher level meeting is imperative to resolve challenges about this decision. June month also saw me summonsing for the first time a MAYCO Member and ED to account on lack of performance of a department. Utility Service is a very important department for Sub-Council 09 as this department deals with solid waste, water and sanitation and Electricity. All these areas are important for Khayelitsha’s development and transformation. If the department is unable to give us a proposal for Sub-council 09, it must be a cause for concern.
We have seen the launch of a new sports facility with the launch of the Site C Astroturf. This facility will ensure that young people have a recreation and sports facility that they can use and be proud of. In the light of the launch, I requested the MAYCO Member of Community Services and MAYCO Member of Tourism Marketing and Events to consider Site C Astroturf as a venue for a Manchester United coaching clinic when they visit on 21 July 2012. I am also looking forward to the launch of UKITA, United Khayelitsha Informal Traders Association on 26 June. All councillors are invited. This launch will see informal traders in Khayelitsha being organised for the first time. The opportunities this structure will bring for access to economic development opportunities for Khayelitsha will only become clearer when the numbers of members have been organised and signed up. We have witnessed the first report on the scoping of the OR Tambo precinct. This is a capital project initiated by Sub-council 09. The proposals will now be taken for further public participation. When the community have selected their option for the development of this node, this Khayelitsha Gateway site will never be the same. There is no reason why Khayelitsha can’t have the best designed and created spaces in the City. We have also seen the first draft of the scoping report for Nonkqubela Station Precinct. It is common knowledge that this precinct is the result of Apartheid planning. The need to restructure this precinct and reposition spaces is critical to created new economic opportunities within this precinct. The various concepts proposed all moves from the basis of the need for fundamental change. These proposals are now going for further community participation.
As we come to the end of the financial year, we can proudly announce that our ward allocations have been 100% spend or will be at the end of June 2012. As the bulk of the CPER during the best part of this financial year carried capital projects that did not fall within our sub-council, we it without capital projects that can be deemed to be behind schedule. As we near the end of this financial year, can we commit ourselves as councillors, officials, ward committees and community at large to drive development in this sub-council with more vigour and passion. Our people deserve a better life and we are tasked to ensure they receive it. It must be clear that every winter our people’s problems just get worse. The Need for a human settlement is high on the list of our people. The forthcoming Human Settlement summit thus has a very important task of providing hope to our people. As we as councillors prepare for our Winter Recess, let us just remind ourselves of the needs of our people and ensure that we don’t forget that our people’s needs don’t go on recess.
I Thank You!
Councillor Jerimia Thuynsma
That the chairperson’s report be NOTED with comments made by Sub-council 09.